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  • Government Investment in Research & Development Amounts to Over €750 Million in 2018 The latest figures on Government investment in research and development (R&D), published by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, show that over €750 million is estimated to have been invested in R&D in 2018. The data in The Research and Development Budget 2017-2018 publication is compiled from a comprehensive survey of thirty Government Departments [...]...
  • Smart Dublin in Partnership With Enterprise Ireland Award 21 New Innovation Contracts Approximately €700,000 is to be awarded to companies under Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) initiative which will enable them explore innovative solutions to address challenges faced by Local Authorities. 21 companies have been awarded Phase One funding to progress the feasibility of their solutions. Phase One funding will allow each recipient to carry [...]...
  • Tourism Industry Barometer Reflects Buoyant Year But Hints at Brexit Concerns Tourism performance throughout 2018 continues to be on a strong footing, according to the latest Fáilte Ireland Tourism Barometer. The survey of more than 500 tourism businesses around the country shows over half of the tourism industry is reporting their business to be up, with two thirds (64%) saying that tourism agency supports have been [...]...
  • Glanbia to Acquire SlimFast For $350 Million Glanbia, the global nutrition group, has agreed to acquire SlimFast and other brands for $350 million from the owners KSF Holdings LLP and HNS Intermediate Corporation. SlimFast is a leading weight management and health & wellness brand family distributed primarily in the food, drug, mass and club (FDMC) channel in the US and UK. It [...]...

New Study Shows How to Get More People Buying Healthy Foods

  New Study Shows How to Get More People Buying Healthy Foods

A new study, the first of its kind in the UK, indicates that shoppers are more likely to buy healthy foods in the supermarket if faced with strong visual health prompts at point of sale. Led by Damian Edwards, Behavioural Advisor to the National Obesity Forum, the Healthier Choices Pilot saw the sale of fresh […]

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Nestle Cuts Calories in the US

  Nestle Cuts Calories in the US

Nestlé USA is among 16 leading US food and beverage companies which sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in the US in 2012 than they did in 2007, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The companies, acting together as the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, pledged to remove 1 trillion calories from the marketplace by 2012, and […]

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Premier Foods to Invest £20 Million at Barnsley Site

  Premier Foods to Invest £20 Million at Barnsley Site

Following the ongoing success of Mr Kipling cake slices, Premier Foods is to invest £20 million in building a new production and packing line at its cake manufacturing site in Fish Dam Lane in Carlton, Barnsley. The new line will be capable of producing a staggering 300 million cake slices a year, doubling the company’s […]

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Which? Finds Major Variation in Food Safety Standards Across the UK

  Which? Finds Major Variation in Food Safety Standards Across the UK

A new Which? investigation reveals that, a year on from the horsemeat scandal, there is a huge variation in the levels of food standards nationally, with some UK authorities struggling to ensure their local businesses comply with hygiene rules.
The new research has found in some areas of the country more than one in three of […]

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Aldi, Lidl and Waitrose are Christmas Winners in UK Grocery Market

  Aldi, Lidl and Waitrose are Christmas Winners in UK Grocery Market

The latest UK grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 5 January 2014, show Aldi, Lidl and Waitrose continued to record strong growth over the Christmas period. The online, convenience and premium sectors also performed well.
Edward Garner, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Among the big four, only Sainsbury’s was able to resist […]

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Scotch Whisky Industry Welcomes Verification Scheme

  Scotch Whisky Industry Welcomes Verification Scheme

Consumers of Scotch whisky around the world are being given even greater reassurance that what they buy is the genuine article, thanks to a new verification regime. The Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme has been launched by Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
The scheme ensures that every part of the Scotch […]

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Smurfit Kappa Receives RISI’s 2014 European CEO of the Year Award

Smurfit Kappa Group has announce that Gary McGann (pictured), Group Chief Executive Officer, has been named as RISI’s 2014 European CEO of the Year. RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, will present the award at their European Pulp & Paper Conference which will take place in Prague, 10-12 March 2014.
RISI’s European […]

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Suntory Acquiring Beam For $16 Billion

  Suntory Acquiring Beam For $16 Billion

Suntory Holdings is acquiring US-based spirits group Beam for a total consideration of approximately $16 billion, including the assumption of Beam’s outstanding net debt. The transaction consideration represents a 25% premium to Beam’s closing price of $66.97 on January 10, 2014; a 24% premium to the volume-weighted average share price over the last three months; […]

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Hain Celestial Acquires Tilda Rice

  Hain Celestial Acquires Tilda Rice

US-based The Hain Celestial Group, a leading organic and natural products company in North America and Europe, has acquired Tilda, a leading premium 100% branded Basmati and specialty rice products company. The Tilda brand offers a range of over 60 dry rice and ready-to-heat branded products under the names Tilda®, Akash® Basmati and Abu Shmagh® […]

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Coke Zero Relaunched in the UK

  Coke Zero Relaunched in the UK

Coca‑Cola has re-launched its zero sugar and zero calorie drink, Coke Zero, nine years after first launching in the UK in 2006. ‘Just Add Zero ‘, is the new integrated marketing campaign that will put the brand on TV and to the top of the agenda in 2014.
The campaign is designed to establish Coca‑Cola as […]

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Warrens Warehousing gets technical with bespoke Access Delta system

Warrens Warehousing & Distribution has seen massive growth following its investment in warehouse management software Access Delta from the Access Group.

Warrens Warehousing & Distribution has seen massive growth following its investment in warehouse management software Access Delta from the Access Group.

The solution has helped place the UK specialist in storage, despatch and delivery of […]

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Tasty Treats at Packaging Innovations – 26 & 27 February 2014, NEC, Birmingham

  Tasty Treats at Packaging Innovations – 26 & 27 February 2014, NEC, Birmingham

Packaging Innovations, which takes place at the NEC on 26 and 27 February 2014, will be jam-packed with over 350 exhibitors, and an inspiring learnShops programme, spanning across every aspect of packaging delivered by world-class industry experts, such as Marks & Spencer, Iceland Foods, Recoup, Procter & Gamble and Mintel. Plus plenty of show floor […]

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Emmi Launches Indian Tea Beverage

  Emmi Launches Indian Tea Beverage

Chai, the spiced tea from India, has grown in popularity in Europe over a number of years. Swiss dairy group Emmi is responding to this trend by pairing Swiss milk with black tea, spices and sugar to make the new Emmi Chai Latte. The new Emmi Chai Latte product range includes ‘Original Taste’ and ‘Vanilla […]

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FSA Study on Geographic Origin of Foods

  FSA Study on Geographic Origin of Foods

The Food Standards Agency, in partnership with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is carrying out a study to look at the geographic origin of foods claiming to be from the UK.
Food samples from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be analysed using a technique known as stable isotope ratio analysis.
The aims […]

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£3 Million Expansion by Finnebrogue

  £3 Million Expansion by Finnebrogue

Northern Ireland meat processor Finnebrogue has announced a £3 million expansion, which will create 65 new jobs, with assistance from Invest Northern Ireland’s Jobs Fund. Based in Downpatrick, Finnebrogue is a specialist in premium quality artisan pork products for major retailers such as Marks and Spencer, Asda and Waitrose. The company is investing heavily in […]

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Action Group on Sugar Launched

  Action Group on Sugar Launched

Leading health experts from across the globe have united to form ‘Action On Sugar’ – an unprecedented call to tackle and reverse the obesity and diabetes epidemic. Obesity is a major crisis facing the UK and practically every country around the world, and yet there is no coherent structured plan to tackle obesity. This group […]

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Caffè Nero Refinances to Help Growth Ambitions

  Caffè Nero Refinances to Help Growth Ambitions

Caffè Nero, the Italian coffee company, has agreed a new debt financing package. The new debt facilities will support the company’s strong growth objectives, which include pushing forward in International Territories, advancing further in the United Kingdom and opening up new channels such as ‘at home’ coffee.
The new debt package will amount to £100 million […]

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Eden Springs Becomes UK’s Leading Workplace Coffee Supplier

  Eden Springs Becomes UK’s Leading Workplace Coffee Supplier

Eden Springs, Europe’s leading provider of workplace water and coffee solutions, has acquired UK coffee vending supplier, Kafevend. This is one of a number of recent acquisitions forEden, which reflects the company’s ambition to become the leading provider of coffee and water solutions in the UK and throughout Europe.
Crawley-based Kafevend has an annual turnover of […]

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Lactalis Enters Indian Dairy Market

  Lactalis Enters Indian Dairy Market

Groupe Lactalis, the world’s largest dairy player, has acquired 100% of the shares in Tirumala Milk Products, the second largest private dairy company in South India.
Founded in 1996, Tirumala has a processing capacity of 1.66 million litres per day across seven plants. Since 1996, the company has been involved in the manufacturing, marketing, sale and […]

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Danone Initiates Legal Proceedings Against Fonterra

  Danone Initiates Legal Proceedings Against Fonterra

Danone is terminating its existing supply contract with Fonterra, the New Zealand dairy co-operative, and making any further collaboration contingent on a commitment by its supplier to full transparency and compliance with the cutting-edge food safety procedures applied to all products supplied to Danone.
The move follows from the food alert, issued by Fonterra on August […]

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Diageo and Combs Form New Joint Venture and Acquire Deleon Tequila

  Diageo and Combs Form New Joint Venture and Acquire Deleon Tequila

Diageo has taken a major step in reclaiming leadership of the tequila sector in North America after forming a joint venture with Combs Wine & Spirits, which has acquired prestige tequila brand DeLeon.
The joint venture, a 50/50 global partnership between Diageo and Combs Wine & Spirits, headed by Sean Combs, builds on the separate strategic […]

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Irish Food and Drink Exports Approach €10 Billion For the First Time

  Irish Food and Drink Exports Approach €10 Billion For the First Time

The value of Irish food and drink exports has approached €10 billion for the first time in 2013, according to new figures released by Bord Bia (Irish Food Board). This represents an increase of 9% on the previous year and 40% in the last four years with revenues almost €3 billion higher than in 2009. […]

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2 Sisters to Expand Scottish Poultry Plant

  2 Sisters to Expand Scottish Poultry Plant

2 Sisters Food Group, the UK-based poultry and convenience food manufacturer, plans to expand its chicken processing plant at Cambusland, Glasgow in Scotland. The 11,000 sq ft expansion will incorporate two high volume ovens, spiral chillers and freezers, and will create 180 new jobs. The Cambuslang site cooks and processes chicken products such as breaded […]

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Dairy Ingredients Fuel Profit Growth at Meadow Foods

  Dairy Ingredients Fuel Profit Growth at Meadow Foods

Meadow Foods, the UK’s largest independent dairy and leading supplier of milk based dairy ingredients to the food industry, has reported a 2% increase in operating profit to £9.69 million for the year ended 31 March 2013 on a turnover of £339.42 million. The increase is a result of an increase in demand from major […]

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Packtech 2014 Packed With Technology

  Packtech 2014 Packed With Technology

Packtech 2014 is set to showcase the latest technology to convert any packaging idea into a final product. Taking place on 26 – 27 February at the NEC, the show is offering visitors a packed exhibition hall, a learnShops programme provide by world-class experts, and plenty of show floor ‘theatre’ in the form of The […]

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Partner Logistics Develops New Automated Entry Systems

Partner Logistics has developed an automated entry system for inbound traffic at their warehouse in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, in order to further improve accuracy and efficiency within the supply chain.
Partner Logistics Wisbech facility features state-of-the-art technology in order to deliver an end to end solution.
Inbound traffic at the facility was previously operated with the use of […]

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Coolsuredoors – A New Business Venture in Britain

With a remit to design and manufacture innovative doors for refrigerated retail cabinets, coolsuredoors is a new business based in Sandy, Bedfordshire.
Utilising the company’s new £250,000 research and development facility on site, the team at coolsuredoors rigorously test new door concepts to ensure they operate at maximum efficiency under varied conditions. By continuously analysing different […]

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Tomatin Distillery Reduces its Carbon Emissions by Over 80%

  Tomatin Distillery Reduces its Carbon Emissions by Over 80%

Tomatin Distillery, located 16 miles south of Inverness, has become the first Scottish distillery to install a new, state-of-the-art, sustainable biomass boiler. This new renewable energy boiler, displaces the distillery’s previous heavy-fuel oil usage and produces both heat and steam for the whisky making process.
The installation of the new biomass boiler as part of an […]

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Call For Scottish Chicken Sourcing Policy

  Call For Scottish Chicken Sourcing Policy

The Scottish Government is writing to major supermarkets, catering companies and fast food chains to find out where they currently source their chicken and what their future intentions are.
Scoping demand for Scottish chicken is one of the first actions from the Scottish Government’s new Poultry Plan which was published on December 24, 2013. It identifies […]

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29 Million Brits Have Tried to Lose Weight in the Last Year

  29 Million Brits Have Tried to Lose Weight in the Last Year

As a new year begins and the thoughts of many Brits turn to the tricky problem of how to alleviate the excesses of the festive season, new research from Mintel reveals we are a nation of dieters, with a massive 55% of Brits – equating to 29 million – having tried to lose weight in […]

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